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Ko Steve Merito ahau
What motivated you to join Rātā Foundation?
I have a strong desire to work in the community and particularly engaging with our Māori and Pasifika communities to ensure better outcomes. My work as Māori and Pasifika Engagement Advisor really speaks to this desire. I feel like my previous experience working with Māori in Māori Land Court, funding experience with the Ministry for the Environment and the many networks I have formed during complements my work.
What are you personally most passionate about in supporting the community?
Very hard question! There are so many areas I have an interest in – education, environment, social housing, sport and recreation.
What do you find are the most rewarding aspects of your work at Rātā Foundation?
As the Māori and Pasifika Engagement Advisor, I have had the opportunity to shape and influence our strategy around our growing engagement with Māori and Pasifika communities.
What gets you up and off to work each morning?
I am excited by this challenge. It is not often an opportunity like this presents itself. I feel privileged to be part of this journey.
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